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An Introduction to Buddhism Teachings, History and Practices

Peter Harvey (Author)

This book aims to be a comprehensive introduction to the Buddhist tradition as it has developed in three major cultural areas in Asia, and to Buddhism as it is now developing in the West. It is intended to be a textbook for students of Religious or Asian Studies, but will also be of interest to those who want a general survey of Buddhism and its beliefs.

Unlike many other general books about Buddhism, it not only explores the world-views of the religion but also seeks to show how Buddhism functions as a set of practices. It thus includes chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practice (of nuns as well as monks) and meditation, and relates each of these to Buddhist teachings and historical developments. While describing thought and practice, the book sets out at the same time to convey something of the emotional tone or 'flavour' of Buddhism; and emphasizing as it does the diversity found within different Buddhist traditions, it aims throughout to highlight the common threads of belief, practice and historical continuities which unify the Buddhist world.

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Title An Introduction to Buddhism Teachings, History and Practices
Author Peter Harvey
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1990
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121504935
length 374p., 2 B/W Maps; 13 B/W Illustrations; 8.8" X 5.7"